LPEA Board of Directors' Strategic Intent
As we look towards the future of the co-op, the Board commits to actively honoring our mission to provide safe, reliable, environmentally responsible power while achieving the lowest reasonable cost to our members. In doing so, we will explore and carefully vet a holistic suite of options to increase LPEA’s value to the membership. We will pursue our mission with transparency, community engagement, acknowledgment of risk, the trust of our members by performing our fiduciary responsibility.
Electric cooperatives, such as La Plata Electric Association, Inc. (LPEA), are private, independent electric utilities owned by and operated for the benefit of the members they serve. Everyone who pays their electric bill to LPEA is eligible to be a member of the cooperative, and as such has the right to both vote for the directors who represent them on the board, and run for a seat on that board.
The Board of Directors determines the policies and overall directives of the cooperative, plus provides the LPEA staff with goals and objectives for the business. LPEA is governed by a board of 12 directors, three of whom reside in District 1 - Archuleta County, three live in District 2 – South and West La Plata County, three reside in District 3 – City of Durango, and three live in District 4 – North and East La Plata County.
Four directors are elected each year at the LPEA Annual Meeting. Directors serve three-year terms and are welcome to run as incumbents once that term is up.
Communicating with the Board
LPEA members may contact their board representatives directly via the contact details provided below. Individual directors cannot speak on behalf of the full board. If you wish to receive an official response from the board, you should direct your questions and comments to the Board President. Directors can only answer questions related to board-level strategic matters. Questions of an operational nature will be redirected to LPEA staff for a response. When warranted, Q & As will also be added to LPEA's Fact Checker.
Letters and emails to the board and to individual directors are not published or otherwise made public. If you wish to have a summary of your correspondence read aloud during the public comment period at a Board of Directors' meeting, you must explicitly request this in your correspondence. The Board President will use his/her discretion in managing member comments to ensure the public has sufficient time to address the board, while not impacting meeting efficiency and scheduling.